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How to Prep Garage Walls

Host Fuad Reveiz dresses up ordinary garage walls to look more like a place for a chopper to be stored using diamond plate.

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Step 1: Make a Plan

Decide what works best for the particular situation, and get your hands on a good plan. In this example, a computer program was used to render a 3D version of the chopper garage. A good plan can save time, dollars and energy.

Step 2: Remove the Outlet Cover

Clear the space and add some outlets to provide necessary power. Before beginning any electrical project, turn the power off, and check the existing outlet with a tester. Remove the cover, and pull the outlet from the box to expose the wiring.

check existing outlet with tester

Step 3: Cut a Hole for the Outlet

Take measurements to determine the height of shelves. This will also help with the placement of the new outlets. With a box as a template, mark the hole for the first outlet. Cut a hole directly above the existing outlet, so the wiring can easily be pulled through.

Step 4: Thread Tape Through the Wall

Thread a fish tape up through the wall, tape on the new non-metallic sheathed cable and pull back through the opening until the wire is accessible.

thread fish tape up through wall

Step 5: Feed the Wiring Through the Wall

Cut the hole as marked and notch the drywall where the wiring will cross the wall studs. Feed the wiring through using the fish tape.

Step 6: Install the Outlets

Mark for the next box, use a drywall saw to create space, and continue the process from the previous step. After all openings are complete, install the outlets.

install the outlets

Step 7: Make Cuts for the Outlets

To install the diamond plate, cut it for the outlets by drilling the corners on the area marked for the outlet. Then, use a jig saw with a metal cutting blade to make cuts for the outlets.

make cuts for outlets

Step 8: Install Safety Plates

Install safety plates over the non-metallic sheathed cable crossing the studs to make sure a screw doesn't end up in the wiring.

Step 9: Lift the Panel Into Place

Apply a few dabs of construction adhesive to the wall, and lift the panel into place. While pressing on glue points, anchor the aluminum panel with self-tapping screws.

lift diamond panel into place

Step 10: Spray Paint any Gaps

Continue to the final panel. Once the final panel is set into place, anchor it with self-tapping screws, and do a quick touch-up with flat black spray paint to disguise any gaps between panels.